Winter Violin Bootcamp

Winter Violin Bootcamp

Ages 12-18*

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Inspired by the popular summer program, Winter Violin Bootcamp is an intensive seminar focused on strengthening a violinist’s technical foundation, building new musical skills and developing practice strategies and mindsets to launch students to the next level of artistry. Through four technique classes focused on fundamentals, scales, technique, and practice strategies, violinists will elevate their skills and become stronger players, all in a supportive community of like-minded violinists.

This class will be the best fit for students who can shift to third position and higher, have started vibrato, and are playing repertoire at a Suzuki Book 3/ASTACAP Level 3 and above. Students will be grouped by playing level and experience.

This class is designed as a supplement to regular private lessons. Students who do not have a regular private teacher, but who are interested in the class should contact for assessment.

*Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis – email for information on level and placement!

Ages: 12-18* (Grades 6 – 12)

Dates: Fridays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
January 6 – January 27, 2023 (4 classes)

Tuition: $170

Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA


Program Faculty

Claire Allen, Violin Lessons

Claire Allen
Academy Teaching Artist

Languages:  English (fluent)  |  Spanish (functional)
Musical Styles: Western Classical
Specialized Skill Levels:  All
Suzuki Method:  Available, Books 1-10

Claire Allen is a Teaching Artist of Violin and Strings Coordinator. Since joining the string faculty at MCAA in 2013, she has created and collaborated on the development of the Violin Beginnings curriculum (which is based on the curriculum for beginning violinists taught at Peabody Preparatory), added several supplemental group classes for young violinists to the private lesson program, and has taught a private studio of violinists ages 4 to adult. She frequently creates themed lesson plans and loves creating games for her students.

Claire has completed extensive teacher training including Suzuki-certified training for Suzuki Books 1-3 (with Book 4 in October 2022), Rebecca Henry’s pedagogy course at Peabody Conservatory, and Mimi Zweig’s Violin/Viola Teacher Retreat. She has been interviewed on the Suzuki podcasts, “Beyond the Music Lesson” and “Time to Practice” with Suzuki teacher and violinist Christine Goodner. In 2019, she was selected as the Outstanding String Teacher of the Year by the Virginia chapter of the American String Teachers Association. In 2022, she was a featured presenter at the ASTA National Conference on the topic “Creating A Diverse Repertoire for Elementary Level Violinists.”

Violin Teacher Fairfax VA

Hannah Price
Academy Teaching Artist

Language: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational)
Musical Styles: Classical
Instruments: Violin
Specialized Skill Levels: All Levels

Adult Students Welcome!

Hannah Price is a passionate and dedicated violin teacher of all ages and abilities. As an artist, scholar, and teacher, her efforts and contributions to music aim to propel the value and quality of music education forward, keeping it central to the core of human value in a quickly evolving world.

An active advocate for community engagement, Ms. Price has been involved in the development of the Musical Storytelling Project in Oberlin, OH, and as a participant in programs that bring music and instruction to Grafton Correctional Institution and hurricane-stricken areas of Puerto Rico.

Throughout her musical career, Ms. Price has regularly performed as a chamber, orchestral, and solo musician in concert programs domestically and internationally. She has performed as an orchestral musician in venues including Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH), and the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, TX). In past Summers, Ms. Price has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Litomysl International String Masterclass (Litomysl, Czech Republic), among others.

Ms. Price holds a Master’s degree with a concentration in Music in Education from the New England Conservatory, having studied under the mentorship of Ayano Ninomiya. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory after having begun her studies at Indiana University under the instruction of Sibbi Bernhardsson.